The thoughts and experiences of the folk who lead worship in Methodist Churches in Romsey (Test Valley) and the New Forest.

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Encounters on the way: Flight to Egypt

I’m not sure what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for travellers to Egypt from Judea might have been in about 4 BC; it formed the Roman province of Aegyptus then. There was an ancient highway running near the coast from Gaza… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: The magi and the mad king

What we know about the first encounter between the magi and Herod I (or Herod the Great) is described very succinctly in Matthew’s gospel: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from… Continue Reading →

That Temple Moment

Simeon took [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,     you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:… Continue Reading →

God does not conform to religious rules – but copes

Religious purity rules dictated that Mary was unfit to meet God until 40 days after giving birth.

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